10 Must-Read Books to Guide and Support the Dementia Family Caregiver

November 6, 2017 — November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” November is also National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. As anyone who has been or is a caregiver knows, caregiving is a 24/7 commitment and journey. In the spirit of recognizing, supporting and honoring families providing care for an older loved one, particularly someone... Read More

Expanded Services for Unpaid Family Caregivers

November 2, 2017 — Many of us help out family members and friends who are older, sick, or have a disability but don’t think of ourselves as caregivers—when in fact, we are. Caregiving can range from providing short- or long-term financial assistance or running errands to providing comprehensive round-the-clock care. Although some people receive care from paid caregivers, many... Read More

The Chair’s Corner

November 1, 2017 — We have much to be thankful for this year. The Age Friendly Seattle resolution was unanimously adopted by the Seattle City Council, committing the city to work toward making Seattle a great place to grow up and grow old. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is standing strong—providing healthcare coverage to millions of Americans, thanks to... Read More

A City for All—Civic Hackathon Results

October 2, 2017 — Over the weekend of September 22–24, 2017, more than 100 people came together to create tools that could help Seattle become a more age-friendly community at a hackathon called “‘City for All.” The event, hosted by the City of Seattle in partnership with AARP and 15 local partners, kicked off on Friday with a welcome... Read More

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2, 2017 — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When breast cancer facts or statistics are reported from institutions such as the Washington State Department of Public Health Cancer Registry, we might ask ourselves—what does that have to do with ME? It has everything to do with you and me! Sometimes breast cancer data isn’t what gets our attention... Read More

“Engaging Aging” Forum to Focus on Women, Equity, and Optimal Aging

October 2, 2017 — What do you know about women and aging? Are there differences between how older men and older women live? Age Friendly Seattle—a new City of Seattle initiative to make Seattle a great place to grow up AND grow old—will hold a forum this fall where you can explore those questions and more. We already know... Read More

I Say Tomato

October 2, 2017 — There is nothing like a ripe, juicy, vine ripened tomato. If you have a local farmers market, check them out right now, and stock up on these beauties while they are at their flavor peak. Tomatoes are a great, fresh, healthy, low calorie way to get all the potassium you need, and more. Look for... Read More

The Art and Joy of Being a Late Bloomer

October 2, 2017 — My favorite flowers are dahlias. I love their magnificent colors, variety, and the fact that they bloom at the end of the summer just when we start to lament summer’s fading. Using nature’s metaphors is a unique way to see ourselves, particularly those individuals who blossom late in life—like dahlias, like me! In April 2017,... Read More

Seattle’s Assessment of Fair Housing

October 2, 2017 — Access to housing and services for older adults and those with different capacities are critical to the success of our communities. We have new tools to help move public and private policies in the right direction—encouraging safe, vibrant productive lives for everyone in Seattle. The City of Seattle, King County, and community and private sector... Read More